Notes on the Exodus (16)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The Schemes of Satan Fail 
(Chapter 2 Verses 9-10)

The salvation of God goes beyond forgiveness, wonderful as that is. Some stop there, “cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14), but thankfully God doesn’t, he also “disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 2:15). There is deliverance from sin and from Satan and his schemes too. The rescue is a complete one. Doubtless Pharaoh thinks he deals wisely with the Jews, but God “catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end” (Job 5:13). Not only is the child given back to its mother, but she is also paid to nurse and rear him. When Moses no longer needs nursing he is sent to be educated in the courts of Egypt, by the enemies of God, and the tyrants against God’s people. This of course in the wisdom of God provides Moses with all the weapons, the knowledge and leadership skills he will need to deliver Israel (Acts 7:21-22). So Moses get educated in theology at home, then in astronomy, mathematics, medicine and politics, all the other disciplines needed by Egypt. All which serves to prepare and make him one powerful man of God, in God’s time. And this Pharaoh, asks, “who is the Lord”? You couldn’t make it up, wisdom? Yes, the wisdom of the world, but, “has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world”? (1Corinthians 1:20).

Satan’s scheme of course is the destruction of this child, and to bring to nothing the promise and the plan of God. To destroy the covenant line. Here is yet another contradiction in the life of Moses, he is a descendant of Jacob, yet enjoys the privileges of Egypt. But it’s this that puts him on a sure collision course and will catapult him into the desert as we’ll see shortly. Here is yet another of Satan’s futile, malicious attempts to upset the plan and purpose of God. To destroy God’s man. But even in this he oversteps himself, for God uses all this for the furtherance of the gospel. Whatever setbacks you face, whatever falls, or attacks from the enemy, don’t give in, don’t yield. There is not a single event in your life that God is not aware of, submit, yield yourself to God and let him use it all for your good. To teach, to mould and shape you for future service. Remember as a child of God Satan hates you, and he will do anything to silence or spoil your witness. He’ll have you slandered, gossiped about, pulled to pieces, sniped at, and that’s just in the church. He, Satan, ain’t fussy who he uses. The ultimate victory is God’s v10. The power of Satan was forever broken at the cross, where every ground of accusation against God’s people was removed. God disarmed him (Colossians 2:15), do not allow him to blackmail you, he has nothing on you. Moses pictures that here, he is placed on the brink of the river, the place of death. But God, not Pharaoh’s daughter, intervened, he drew him from the water and the jaws of death. Thus every believer likewise has been drawn from the river of death, sin’s wages and brought to life that is indestructible, that never ends. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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